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Ashtakavarga system of prediction in vedic astrology
We know that in order to come to certain definite conclusions, we need to assess not only
the position of planets in the natal chart but also in transit. The transit of planets can
either support or oppose the natal chart. There are some learned scholars who opine that
when transits of planets oppose the planets in natal chart, the gochara scheme of things
gains the upper hand. Now a days lots of people are anxious to know when Jupiter or
Saturn will leave a particular sign and enter the next. One of the most dreaded transits if
the sade-sathi of Saturn. But do all people perceive effect of gochara in equal measure?
The answer is “NO”. So a convenient explanation is given saying that Saturn in his
second round is beneficial, third round is not so, etc. But the real clue to deciphering the
effects of planets in transit, lies in our comprehending the Ashtaka Varga system of
Prediction. Now we will take a brief look at the various ways in which Astrology is used
to delineate the prospects for future.
a) Natal Astrology:
For an individual the birth chart is the main building block from which all other
results flow. Some times a query is raised about the results of Jupiter or Saturn in transit.
If in the birth chart, Saturn is either the lagna lord or a yogakaraka or is well placed in
faourable houses, then one need not worry at all where Saturn is placed in transit. For
such natives, Saturn in good house in gochara may as well prove to be a boon. If, on the
other hand, Saturn is a functional malefic in birth chart, then its passage over adverse
houses can be indicative of critical periods to be faced.
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By casting the annual horoscope one can find out more about the immediate
prospects for the forth coming year. The placement of Varsheshwar and Munthe can give
a broad picture about emerging trends.
If there is a single issue bothering a person, the best way to find a solution would
be to erect a prasna chart and seek answers. Generally prasna charts are valid for one
question only. Deva prasana are conducted in temples to assess the mood of the
presiding deity. Like this we have various types pf Prasnas for knowing about thief,
Water in a well to be dug and many other specific matters.
The only way to overcome destiny is through free will. The best way to begin a
job is to start it in an auspicious Muhurtha. This neutralizes the doshas prevailing in the
natal chart. If a child has afflictions in 2nd and 4th houses, by starting his education at an
uspicious moment, the basic underlying defects can be mitigated. So whatever be one’s
birth chart or its pitfalls, an auspicious moment will invariably fetch success.
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Mundane astrology generally deals with celestial phenomena such as eclipses,
comets and other occurrences which have an impact over countries, continents and
governments. Its main utility is the weather forecasting. It is also used to estimate prices
of commodities and fluctuations therein. Amine, drought, cyclones and tidal waves also
come under purview of Mundane astrology.
To know what will happen at a given moment in time, the present position of
planets is a major determinant and needs investigation. Though Dasa and Bhukthimay be
favourable, things will not happen if in gochara planets pose impediments. There is one
school of astrologers who opine that in battle between natal chart and gochara, the latter
may prevail, which is perhaps when planets move through adverse houses, even
people with good natal charts suffer. Having understood the various divisions of
astrology, let us now turn our attention to the AshtakaVarga.
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Basis of Ashtakavarga:
The word “Ashta” denotes eight. It refers to the vargas viz. Lagna and seven planets
(excluding ………, Rahu and Kethu). Gochara is usually seen from moon. Sometimes
we looks at gochara from lagna standpoint also. For instance if lagna lord joins the 10
lord in transit in 10th house, then matters relating to profession become favourable. But,
does the overall planetary position in birth chart have any impact on gochara? The Hindu
Rishis gave their answer in affirmative and Ashtakavarga ia a unique system devised by
them to “assess the performance of a planet in transit based on the sum total of planetary
influences in the birth chart”.
Ashtakavarga is a very powerful system because
– A strong influence prevailing in Jupiter’s Ashtakavarga can override yogas for
– Among the various systems for Ayurdaya, Ashtakavarga is the best.
– According to Maharishi Parasara, only general predictions can be made through
birth chart; definite results can be ascertained only thro ashtakavarga.
Because of the elaborate reasoning given above, it would be better if all transit results are
confirmed by correlating transit results with the Ashtakavarga table obtained from a
person’s Natal chart.
In our next article we will proceed to discuss the intricacies of the Ashtakavarga system